A record amount of 2 blog posts this month! Can you ever!
Recently in odd ends of spending more time on the road/out the house. I decided to haul myself and parents out of our convenient/comfortable weekend norm at home in front of the telly and enjoying glorious air conditioning in our lovely sunny South African summers.
We decided to go to zoo...
Now, one may think; this is South Africa; the safari, the bush! It isn't difficult to find animals out in the open, but yes, be surprised dear tourists! You're going to unfortunately drive through a few bumpy roads to get to the glorious bush-lands of animal dwellings.
We decided to get to the nearest zoo/lion park situated in Pietermaritzburg; the Natal Zoological Gardens. Boasting a large amount of birds, critters and giant felines.
Sunday being of the best days to venture into the wild, we left a little after 10am, it being a little under an hour's journey.
The zoo boasts a huge parking area which is free of charge however the entry fee for adults are R60.00 and kiddies R40.00.
The zoo is open from 9am in the morning to 4pm in the evening and even has a little cafe/coffee place inside if you want to take a little break between seeing all the animals.
A few tips for your trips:
- Take sunscreen or an umbrella; it can get pretty hot in the midlands
- Pack a picnic basket for yourself and family; there are picnic areas; just don't feed animals
- A bottle of water is your best friend.
- If you can help it, go on a cloudy day. You'll see more animals
- Wear comfortable shoes to walk around the zoo with. The terrain isn't flat.
- Go with a good camera and remember to charge/take a spare battery with.
- Pack light if you're not picnicking. I made the biggest mistake of carrying a large tote bag with no food
The range of animals included tigers, leopards, a large array of birds and little farm animals like chickens and bunnies.
You can also purchase zoo poop for R40.00 a bag.
http://www.natalzoo.co.za/ for all the directions!
Drop a comment if you have any questions!
Until next time.